Jonathan F. Richards

Jonathan F. Richards

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Biography:
Jonathan Richards is an author, journalist, actor, and cartoonist. He has published a number of novels, including The Whitmarsh Chronicles, a generational trilogy set against the background of the American labor movement; Tularosa, and Cherokee Bill, both historical fiction with Western settings; and Santa Fe, a contemporary novel of greed and growth in the capital of New Mexico. His movie reviews appear in print in the Pasatiempo magazine of the Santa Fe New Mexican. His political cartoons are seen in the Albuquerque Journal North on Wednesdays and Sundays.
Publications:
Film.com , FilmFreak.be , In the Dark , rec.arts.movies.reviews
Critics' Group:
Online Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
739
Total QuickRatings:
4
Location:
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 739
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3.5 79% Any Day Now (2012) " A society that thinks a child is better off in an institution than in a caring, loving parental environment, whatever the sexes and sexual orientations of those parents, is a society desperately in need of treatment." — In the Dark
Posted Dec 10, 2012
94% The Sessions (2012) " Hunt is superb, and fearless.Hawkes Is confined to the expression he can discover in his face, and in a voice thinned by the ravages of polio." — In the Dark
Posted Nov 20, 2012
88% The Big Picture (2012) " Eric Lartigau's thriller is one of those dark, tasty numbers that the French export like burgundy. " — In the Dark
Posted Nov 20, 2012
84% Smashed (2012) " The story runs through paces as predictable as a 12 step program. " — In the Dark
Posted Nov 20, 2012
67% All Together (2012) " All your old favorites are in the mix - dementia, cancer, heart attack, erectile dysfunction. " — In the Dark
Posted Nov 20, 2012
66% Cloud Atlas (2012) " If you see only one movie this year, perhaps it should be Cloud Atlas. Not that it's a great movie . But it's six movies for the price of one." — In the Dark
Posted Nov 20, 2012
96% Argo (2012) " Ben Affleck takes a true story by the throat and delivers a seat-squirming, pulse-pounding nail-biter. " — In the Dark
Posted Nov 20, 2012
81% Pitch Perfect (2012) " The Breakfast Club meets Glee in this likable adolescent romp, but doesn't quite meet it halfway. " — In the Dark
Posted Nov 20, 2012
77% Samsara (2012) " But for all the negatives it shows, Samsara is not a downer. The beauty ultimately trumps the squalor. It's a fascinating planet. You'll see sights of natural and cultural magnificence that will take your breath away." — In the Dark
Posted Nov 20, 2012
73% Chicken with Plums (2012) " There are parts of a magical movie here, and while they are periodically undercut by missteps, they are rich enough to give this movie a special quality that lifts it well above its low points. " — In the Dark
Posted Nov 20, 2012
87% Arbitrage (2012) " Arbitrage is a cold, crisp chablis of a movie, that goes down smoothly, finishes well, and lingers on the palate. If there's something slightly off about it, something you can't quite put your finger on, it's not enough to make you send it back. " — In the Dark
Posted Nov 20, 2012
86% Robot & Frank (2012) " There is much to be explored, both with heartbreak and with humor, in the dark wasteland of short-term memory loss. But coming out of Robot and Frank, it feels like something to be embraced." — In the Dark
Posted Nov 20, 2012
93% Elena (2012) " Elena is beautifully accessorized with clean, elegant camerawork by Mikhail Krichman, and a compelling score from Philip Glass. But if a movie's story doesn't grab you, the accessories are just wrapping around a disappointing gift. " — In the Dark
Posted Nov 20, 2012
78% Killer Joe (2012) " This is McConaughey's movie. From the moment he slithers into the movie like a serpent in a black Stetson and dark glasses, he commands the attention of everyone on both sides of the screen." — In the Dark
Posted Nov 20, 2012
74% Hope Springs (2012) " The movie straddles, sometimes uncomfortably, the worlds of sap and substance -- director David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada) can't quite seem to make up his mind. But there's enough of the latter to carry the day. " — In the Dark
Posted Nov 20, 2012
59% Kumaré (2012) " Some audiences will be amused at this voyage to hoaxterism and beyond, others will be offended or outraged. But the false prophet offers a genuinely intriguing perspective on the subject of spirituality. " — In the Dark
Posted Nov 20, 2012
3/4 79% Ruby Sparks (2012) " The real charm of the movie is in its creator and star, Kazan. She's not a classic beauty, but she'll soon have you forgetting that. She's the Little Miss Sunshine of this movie." — In the Dark
Posted Jul 26, 2012
42% Hide Away (A Year in Mooring) (2012) " Eyre has moved far from the Native setting of his breakthrough film Smoke Signals; the stillness at the center here owes more to classic Japanese cinema. " — In the Dark
Posted Jul 23, 2012
65% Trishna (2012) " Winterbottom clearly has a thing for Hardy, and he's made an intriguing calculation with this subcontinental adaptation of Tess of the D'Urbervilles; but ultimately, like a chapati, the dough doesn't rise." — In the Dark
Posted Jul 23, 2012
75% Damsels in Distress (2012) " Plot lines abound, intersect, and peter out. There is a lot of smart and funny dialogue in this movie ("the past is gone, so we might as well romanticize it,") but it gets bogged down by a pervasive smugness problem." — In the Dark
Posted Jul 9, 2012
51% Savages (2012) " From the opening amateur video of a mass decapitation through summary executions, kneecappings, stabbings, explosions, and firefights, this movie uses gore the way Walt Disney used cute animals. " — In the Dark
Posted Jul 9, 2012
43% To Rome with Love (2012) " Nobody can make love to a city like Woody Allen. " — In the Dark
Posted Jul 9, 2012
94% Moonrise Kingdom (2012) " Some critics use the word "twee" to describe Anderson's style. I had to look it up. It means affectedly sweet and saccharine. That's a bum rap. I haven't always loved Anderson's work, but twee? Twaddle. " — In the Dark
Posted Jul 9, 2012
95% 5 Broken Cameras (2012) " 5 Broken Cameras is an intensely personal, ground-level look at a community with a grievance, and it makes its case sometimes artlessly, but with powerful emotional force." — In the Dark
Posted Jul 9, 2012
78% The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012) " Get together with a bunch of terrific old pros like Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton, Celia Imrie, and Ronald Pickup, and you're bound to have a great time." — In the Dark
Posted Jul 9, 2012
62% We Have a Pope (2012) " All eyes turn to the bewildered Cardinal Melville, played to perfection by the great Michel Piccoli, whose film career spans eight decades and more than two hundred movies for a Who's Who of the world's directors. " — In the Dark
Posted Jul 9, 2012
87% Bobby Fischer Against The World (2011) " The centerpiece of the film is the extraordinary showdown between Fischer and Spassky in Iceland. When he finally returns to Iceland at the end of his life, a grizzled, wildly-bearded old man, it's hard to avoid thoughts of Howard Hughes. " — In the Dark
Posted Apr 24, 2012
46% Anonymous (2011) " Getting Roland Emmerich to serve up your Shakespeare is a little like getting your bacon from Jeffrey Dahmer." — In the Dark
Posted Apr 24, 2012
77% War Horse (2011) " War Horse makes perfectly good holiday season entertainment, if you don't mind a little carnage with your holidays. But the breathtaking originality of the stage production is gone." — In the Dark
Posted Apr 24, 2012
79% Shame (2011) " If the popular canard were true that men think about sex every seven seconds, Brandon would account for the other six. " — In the Dark
Posted Apr 24, 2012
51% The Iron Lady (2012) " Despite Streep's heroics, the movie doesn't pack much of a punch. It may be that, for all her imprint on history, Thatcher is a bit of a bore." — In the Dark
Posted Apr 24, 2012
86% The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) " Director David Fincher takes a few liberties with plot in the Hollywood remake, but they work, and his reprocessing of this twisted story of Scandinavian murder and revenge is sleek and satisfying, and sometimes even restrained. " — In the Dark
Posted Apr 24, 2012
46% Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2012) " It's a movie whose absorbing qualities and polished production will keep you involved, but it tends to drown in its throbbing score and overwrought sense of self-importance." — In the Dark
Posted Apr 24, 2012
71% Carnage (2011) " What works on stage does not always migrate easily to the screen, and this cracklingly vicious theater comedy, which won raves and awards on the West End and on Broadway, lands at your local multiplex with a hollow clang. " — In the Dark
Posted Apr 24, 2012
56% Albert Nobbs (2012) " The acting is superlative, and Janet McTeer is particularly terrific in a ballsy performance as the similarly-challenged Hubert. But it all begins and ends with Glenn Close." — In the Dark
Posted Apr 24, 2012
76% We Need to Talk About Kevin (2012) " Tilda Swinton gives a powerful, chilly performance." — In the Dark
Posted Apr 24, 2012
59% Wanderlust (2012) " For every joke that clicks, five thud. It's the Judd Apatow school of 12-year-old-boy gross-out humor. " — In the Dark
Posted Apr 24, 2012
99% A Separation (2011) " From Iran at this crucial time comes a complex, morally freighted, and culturally revealing drama that offers us an open door onto a society we know too little about." — In the Dark
Posted Apr 24, 2012
74% Rampart (2012) " It's just a brutal, and brutally effective, character study of one bad cop." — In the Dark
Posted Apr 24, 2012
88% In Darkness (2012) " Director Agnieszka Holland has apparently made the calculation that to absorb some inkling of the sunless, stinking, rat-infested hell they endured, the least we can do is spend a long stretch of movie time down there with them." — In the Dark
Posted Apr 24, 2012
86% Declaration of War (2012) " There is a hell of a tale to be told in A Declaration of War, Valérie Donzelli's harrowing and emotion-fraught account of an infant diagnosed with cancer. Unfortunately, the best of it is offscreen." — In the Dark
Posted Apr 24, 2012
93% Coriolanus (2011) " Ralph Fiennes brings his acclaimed stage version of Shakespeare's Coriolanus to the screen with thunder, blood, and muscle in a polished film-directing debut. " — In the Dark
Posted Apr 24, 2012
51% Being Flynn (2012) " If you're worried about your life flying by too fast, do I have a movie for you. Its hour and 42 minutes feel like an eternity." — In the Dark
Posted Apr 24, 2012
—— Rehearsal for a Sicilian Tragedy (2012) " John Turturro went to Sicily, and all we got was this rambling, erratic movie." — In the Dark
Posted Apr 24, 2012
97% Monsieur Lazhar (2012) " Monsieur Lazhar is a subtle film, slipping from scene to scene with enough left unsaid to keep you intrigued as to where things are going." — In the Dark
Posted Apr 24, 2012
84% The Forgiveness of Blood (2012) " Marston has made a brave and thoughtful, if not always riveting, movie about a culture caught in the balance between the medieval and the modern. " — In the Dark
Posted Apr 24, 2012
90% Footnote (2012) " Despite its forays into leavening satirical cuteness, which may or may not work for you, Footnote progresses and finishes powerfully, with questions poignantly unanswered and unresolved." — In the Dark
Posted Apr 24, 2012
81% The Skin I Live In (2011) " Pedro Almodóvar peels away layers of this bizarre story with the elegant precision of the brilliant surgeon who is the central figure of his piece. " — In the Dark
Posted Dec 19, 2011
—— Faat ngoi ching (The Unwritten Law) (Outside the Law Love) (1985) " Outside the Law, despite powerful acting in the key roles (Debbouze, Bouajila, and Zem are veterans of Days of Glory, where they played characters with the same names,) conveys very little sense of identifying with or caring for its protagonists." — In the Dark
Posted Dec 19, 2011
93% Of Gods and Men (2011) " There are moments of brutality, and dramatic confrontations, but the scene that may stick in your mind the longest is one where the monks linger in the monastery one evening over a few bottles of wine, and listen to Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake " — In the Dark
Posted Dec 19, 2011
84% Mysteries of Lisbon (2011) " Raul Ruiz died in August. This was a good one to go out on, an epic romantic adventure packed with the goodies of life." — In the Dark
Posted Dec 19, 2011
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